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Certification of hydrogen and hydrogen-based end products
12 12+01:00 December 12+01:00 2022 @ 10:00 - 12:00
This meeting is under Chatham House rule.
Hybrid event, both in person and online. We look forward to seeing as many people as possible in person.
The in person meeting will take place at ERCST offices (Address: Rue Archimède 61, 1000 Brussels, Belgium)
This workstream aims to bring together stakeholders and policymakers on a regular basis to discuss substantive issues around the hydrogen policy and regulatory framework, informed by original intellectual input from ERCST.
Most of the different building blocks of the EU hydrogen regulatory framework were already presented in various parts of the Fit for 55 package and the hydrogen and decarbonized gas market package. However, there is one important element which has not been fully addressed in the proposals and is essential for the ramp-up of the hydrogen market, namely the certification of hydrogen and hydrogen-based products.
The market for green products is ready for a rapid development. To meet the targets in the regulation and satisfy the demand of consumers, both consumers and producers will need reliable and transparent solutions to certify the renewable or low-carbon attributes of hydrogen and hydrogen-based products, (i.a. green ammonia, green fertilizers or in the future, green steel).
The RED, and the Hydrogen and Gas Directive proposal include incomplete definitions for renewable (RFNBOs) and low-carbon hydrogen. Despite both including an emission reduction threshold of 70%, methodologies to assess the GHG emission/carbon footprint reductions for renewable and low-carbon hydrogen have not been adopted yet.
While certification will provide the method to assess the different attributes of hydrogen and will determine compliance towards the targets in the legislation, definitions will provide some of the key building blocks for this method.
Beyond the certification of hydrogen itself, on November 9th the Commission is expected to publish a communication on fertilizers which may include some indications as to how hydrogen-based end products will be certified.
This meeting intends to focus on the following issues:
- Why is certification of hydrogen and hydrogen-based products important?
- What is the relation between the different standards and methodologies that are emerging?
- What are the interlinkages between the certification of hydrogen and the certification of hydrogen-based end products?
- What are the connection points between a potential EU hydrogen certification scheme and the international standards, and how this is going to affect cross-border flows of hydrogen?